West Virginia Teachers Strike Inspires Talk of Protest in Other States

Governing: West Virginia's teachers are back in class today after Gov. Jim Justice approved 5 percent pay raises for the state’s public employees, ending a nearly two-week-long strike.

The teachers received everything they asked for, including a 16-month freeze on health premiums.

Before the deal, spiking health care costs and low pay were drivers of deep discontent among West Virginia teachers, who are among the lowest-paid in the nation, ranking 48th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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